Alternative Therapy: Using whole body phototherapy to treat pain

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Alternative ways to treat pain and manage stress are sweeping the nation as millions of Americans are turning away from traditional medications.

This week, 9 On Your Side Morning Edition’s Maria Satira is taking a look at different therapies across Eastern North Carolina.  One of these is laser therapy, also known as light therapy.

10-year-old Ashlyn Mills has a rare form of spina bifida.

“I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my back and my legs,” said Mills. “I’ve been hurting a lot. I couldn’t sleep at night, and I took medication all the time.”

Mills started to see improvements after utilizing whole body phototherapy pods at Advantage Therapy Solutions in Greenville to treat pain.

“It’s specifically calibrated wavelengths. Those photons are received in your body in your mitochondria,” said Advantage Therapy Systems co-owner and Phototherapy Laser Technician, Kellie Brown. “At a cellular level, it does two things. It increases your circulation and it reduces inflammation.”

The lights pass deep into tissue and work to restore damaged cells. Research has proven this light therapy can bring dying cells back to healthy function, helping many types of conditions including arthritis, migraines, frozen shoulder, and plantar fasciitis.

“Any type of nerve damage because these photons actually have been shown to regrow nerve. It can eliminate certain types of nerve pain,” said Brown.

The Alternative Therapy series continues Tuesday at 5:00 pm only on WNCT 9 On Your Side.

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